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Top Ten Read Books from RGC 2017

Our 2017 survey results are in and along with our readers’ favorite books of the year, we have a list of the top ten read books specifically from Reading Group Choices 2017.

Has your group read all of these terrific books yet?

1. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katrina Bivald

 

A heartwarming reminder of why we are booklovers, this is a sweet, smart story about how books find us, change us, and connect us.

 

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Adding a Touch of Poetry to Your Prose

Memoir and Novel Selections for National Poetry Month

It’s National Poetry Month! But book groups may be asking: what does that have to do with us? Here’s an idea that involves adding a bit of poetry to your prose reading—without the rhyme schemes.

Poetry has a reputation for being difficult to understand: too much concentration for too little reward. And book groups might struggle to know where to begin when discussing poetry, because the things they usually talk about—plot, character, theme—may not appear so directly. Besides, how do you begin to discuss a collection of dozens of poems?

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From Literature to Real Life: Angie Thomas and The Hate U Give

The Hate U GiveSince its release last year, Angie Thomas’ debut young adult novel The Hate U Give has become a #1 New York Times Bestseller, gathered starred reviews, earned a National Book Award nomination, and is currently in film production. And its success comes for good reason. The book grapples with important, timely issues surrounding racial injustice and police violence, and what it means to be a teenager in the contemporary world.

The novel tells the story of 16 year-old Starr Carter, an African-American teen who witnesses the fatal shooting of her unarmed friend Khalil by the police.

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Reading Group Choices Q&A with Mary Sharratt

Mary Sharratt is the author of six novels.

Sharrat’s latest novel, Ecstasy, explores turn-of-the-20th-century Vienna.

Mary Sharratt recently visited 702WI, the home of Reading Group Choices, to read and discuss her work with an audience. Mary also took the time to answer our Q&A.

702WI: What book changed your life?​
Mary Sharratt: When I was a teenager I read Nor Hall’s book, The Moon and the Virgin, which I treasure to this day. It opened me up to the living reality of myth,

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Reading Group Choices Q&A with Cynthia Swanson

Cynthia Swanson is the author of two novels.

Swanson’s latest book, The Glass Forest, is a gripping literary suspense novel set in the 1960s.

Cynthia Swanson recently visited 702WI, the home of Reading Group Choices, to read and discuss her work with an audience. Lorna also took the time to answer our Q&A and she shared life-changing books, Norwegian curse words, her favorite bookstore, and what she finds most fascinating in the world of science. 

​702WI: What book changed your life?​
Cynthia Swanson: The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollen.

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Reading Group Choices Q&A with Min Jin Lee

National Book Award Finalist Min Jin Lee is the author of two novels.

Lee’s latest book, Pachinko, charts the saga of four generations of a poor immigrant Korean family.

Min Jin Lee recently visited 702WI, the home of Reading Group Choices, to read and discuss her work with an audience. Min took the time to join us for a Q&A, sharing life-changing books, her favorite bookstore, and the best part of giving readings.

702WI: What book(s) changed your life?​
Min Jin Lee: Middlemarch by George Eliot and The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

702WI: What book(s) are coming out this year that you’re looking forward to reading?

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